The NHL has another great slate of games throughout Saturday. Twelve games will be up on the board throughout March 6. One of these games will be between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Dallas Stars. These two teams have struggled throughout this season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
The Blue Jackets have started out this season with a record of 10-10-5, which has them sitting in fifth place of the Central Division. Columbus has won two straight games, which ended a five game losing streak. The Blue Jackets will look to keep it up with a victory in this one. Columbus is only four points out of the fourth seed and will look to inch closer with a win.
Dallas has put up a record of 6-8-4 throughout this season, which has them sitting in last place of the Central Division. The Stars have lost four games in a row and ten of their last eleven. Dallas has struggled since their 4-0 start. The Stars have scored two goals in their last three games and will look to get their offense going in this one.
These two teams are sitting outside of the playoff picture, but there is still time to turn it around. Columbus is in the fifth seed so far this season, while the Stars are in last place. Dallas has not played as many games so far this season because of delays. The Stars will look to finally get back on track with a win in this one on Saturday night.
The Blue Jackets and the Stars have met up three times so far this season. Columbus hosted the first game on February 2. Mikhail Grigorenko had a goal and an assist on the night. Joe Pavelski had two goals and two assists, while Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists. John Klingberg and Alexander Radulov each had two points as Dallas was able to grab a 6-3 win in this one.
The second game of the season series stayed in Columbus on February 4. Alexander Radulov had three assists on the night, but it was not enough for the Stars this time. Oliver Bjorkstrand and Jack Roslovic each had a goal and an assist. The Blue Jackets were able to ride a strong first period performance to a nice 4-3 win at home.
Dallas hosted the third game of the season series on March 4. Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist, while Oliver Bjorkstrand and Eric Robinson each had a goal on the night. The Blue Jackets had a 3-0 lead at the beginning of the third. Miro Heiskanen and Jason Robertson each had a goal, but it was not enough. Joonas Korpisalo stopped 22 of 24 shots as the Stars earned a 3-2 win.
These two teams have played some solid games so far this season. The Stars were able to win the first game, but Columbus was able to win back to back games. The Blue Jackets have been the better overall team this season, but almost gave it away on Thursday night. If Dallas can build off their third period performance in this one, I think they can get a win on Saturday night.
Columbus has not found any rhythm on special teams so far this season. The Blue Jackets have capitalized on 11 of their 65 power play chances, which is a 16.9 percent power play. Columbus has not done any better on the penalty kill. The Blue Jackets have killed off 42 of the 57 penalties against them, which is a 73.7 percent kill rate.
The Stars have been solid on the power play in the early part of this season. Dallas has been able to score on 17 of their 66 power play attempts, which is 25.8 percent success rate. The Stars have not had the same success on the penalty kill. Dallas has given up 14 goals on opposing teams 66 power play opportunities, which is a 78.8 percent penalty kill.
Dallas has the edge on special teams entering this matchup. The Stars have started out the season strong on the power play, but have since struggled in their tough stretch of losses. Dallas will look to get going on the power play in this one to give themselves the advantage again. If the Blue Jackets can stump the Stars power play in this one, it could give them the edge.
I expect Joonas Korpisalo to get the nod in the crease for the Blue Jackets in this one. Korpisalo has started in 18 games this season, going 7-7-4 to this point. He has put up a .897 save percentage and a GAA of 3.07. Korpisalo’s last start was against the Stars on Thursday, where he stopped 22 of the 24 shots he faced in the win.
Anton Khudobin will likely get the start between the pipes for Dallas on Saturday night. Khudobin has earned a record of 4-7-1 to this point in the season. He has posted a save percentage of .913 and a 2.60 GAA in his games played. Khudobin finished with 19 saves on 22 shots against Columbus on Thursday night, which was not enough.
These goalies have not been great to this point in the season. Khudobin has had the better numbers this season, but Korpisalo has the better record. These two goalies will look to find a groove early in this one on Saturday night. If either goalie can come out hot in this one, it could help give their team the edge in this one.
These two teams have struggled throughout this season, but will look to get a big win in this one. The Blue Jackets are coming off back to back wins, while Dallas has lost four in a row. The Stars started getting going on offense in the third period of Thursday’s game. I think that this could help lead them to a stronger start in this one.
BetOnline has Dallas listed as a -128 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Stars will win this game around 56.1 percent of the time. I think that this line makes a lot of sense, but it does not have a lot of value. Dallas is also listed at -1 ½ at +190, which I think has a lot of value. I think the Stars can finally get the offense going in this one for the win.